After an hour or so ride back to the city, we arrived at the Tang Dynasty Opera house where we’d also have a dumpling dinner before the show. On the way to the theater we passed the Xi’an city wall.
It is the most intact city wall in China and is 600 years old. The wall is lit up and was a very pretty sight.
The theatre was packed and we were guided to four tables very close to the stage (one or two were almost too close).
Some of the tables didn’t have the needed number of chairs so we filled ours with three others from our tour that normally dine at other tables.
The tables were extremely close together and it wasn’t possible to leave my seat without having others get up and move out of the way.
The table was set with cold vegetables and other appetizers and a big covered soup bowl. Each place also had a glass of rice wine which wasn’t good to me.
A woman was playing a harp beautifully on the stage as pre-show music.
After the drinks (beer, sprite or coke) were served, we received soup with baby dumpling. The soup was awful but that was the only bad part of the meal.
The baskets had just 1 per person and I was worried at first about leaving hungry, but the baskets keep coming each with different fillings.
The dumpling shape was based on what is ingredients are in the filling. The pork one looked like a pig, the duck one looked like a duck, etc.
I loved them all!
They gave each of us a little bottle of water and then the show started right on time at 7:30 pm.
Tang Dynasty Opera
It’s hard to explain the opera but it was just beautiful.
There were musical performances and dance performances.
The talent and costumes were amazing!
This show performs music and dance from the Tang Dynasty era which was in 618-907 AD.
They had some unusual instruments.
One of the ladies told me later that it was just like a show currently touring in the states called “Shen Yun” which I had never heard about. (Ironically the next day I get a living social offer to prebuy tickets for $70!)
It was a pretty awesome day here in Xi’an. Once the bus reached the hotel, I went straight to my room to relax a bit before lights out.
Once again, Doug Ho took a couple of great videos of the evening.
Don’t miss the previous China posts linked below.
Going to China (tour and visa)
China: Trip Preparations
November 12-13, 2016: Travel to Beijing
November 14, 2016: Beijing and Great Wall
November 14, 2016: Ming Tombs and Peking Duck Dinner
West International Trade Hotel Beijing
November 15, 2016: Hutong and Temple of Heaven
November 15, 2016: Tiananmen Square, Fobidden City and Beijing Opera
November 16, 2016: Pearl Factory and Summer Palace
November 16, 2016: Traveling to Xi’an
November 17, 2016: Jade Factory and Terra Cotta Warriors